Robert is a big name in our family and so this is a big feast day.
St. Robert Bellarmine was ordained a priest in the Society of Jesus in 1570 and spent much of his time writing to defend the Catholic Faith. He became was a cardinal and advised Pope Paul V. After his death, he was declared a doctor of the church, meaning an eminent and reliable teacher. He lived much of his life in poor health. He died this day in 1621.
I love this quote from him because he was perhaps one of the most knowledgeable men of his time.
"Let prayer delight you more than disputations, and the charity which builds up more than the knowledge which puffs up" -- St. Robert Bellarmine